What Is Speech Therapy?

Often known as speech-language therapy, Speech Therapy can help treat a variety of speech disorders. These disorders can affect speech, language, and swallowing skills.

What age is best for speech therapy?

These disorders may result from an illness, a head injury, or a disease of the nervous system. If you have a child with a speech or language disorder, you may want to seek help early.

A speech therapist can evaluate your child and help you understand what’s going on. They may also be able to help you understand your child’s symptoms and develop a treatment plan. Depending on your child’s age and the specific disorder, speech therapy may be in a group setting or one-on-one.

A speech therapist is also trained to teach children how to speak clearly. This includes teaching the muscles that are used to speak and strengthening them. They may also work on pronunciation.

Some speech therapists use picture materials with real words. They may also work with the child on repetition exercises. These exercises involve rehearsing words, correct pronunciation, and talking. These exercises may also involve playing with the child.

Many speech therapy sessions last 30-60 minutes. If you’re unsure how much time your child will need, you can check out the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s state-by-state resource page. You can also contact your child’s pediatrician to see if they can refer you to a speech-language pathologist.

Speech therapy can also help improve your child’s self-confidence. Children who have speech disorders have trouble following directions, may have a limited vocabulary, and may have a hard time understanding others’ words. This can interfere with social and professional performance.

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